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Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa (African Issues)

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Famine is preventable. The persistence of famine reflects political failings by African governments, western donors and international relief agencies. Can Africa avoid famine? When freedom from famine is a basic right or a political imperative, famine is prevented. Case studies from Ethiopia to Botswana demonstrate African successes - but they are often not acknowledged or repeated. Who is responsible for the failures? African generals and politicians are the prime culprits for creating famines in Sudan, Somalia and Zaire, but western donors abet their authoritarianism, partly through imposing structural adjustment programmes. What is the role of International relief agencies? Despite prodigious expenditure and high public profile, relief agencies often do more harm than good. From Biafra to Rwanda, relief has helped to fuel war and undermine democratic accountability. As the influence and resources of UN agencies and NGOs have grown, the chances for effective local solutions have diminished. What is the way forward? Humanitarian intervention and other high-profile relief operations have failed. Progress lies in bringing the fight against famine into democratic politics, and calling to account those guilty of creating famine.

Synopsis:

"A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." --Foreign Affairs

"This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." --International Affairs

"... de Waal pleads for readers... to probe for a deeper understanding of the 'political roots of famine'... " --WorldView

"... a well-documented critique that should give pause for serious reflection and serve to instruct both the initiate and the master of famine theory... " --Sociocultural Anthropology

Famine Crimes is a factually rich, powerfully intelligent, morally important analysis of the persistence of famine in Africa. Alex de Waal lays the blame for Africa's problems with starvation on the political failings of African governments, western donors, and the misguided policies of international relief agencies.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-232) and index.

About the Author

Alex de Waal is co-director of African Rights, London

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Rights and Entitlements: The Conquest of Famine in South Africa

Africa 1900-85: A Fragile Obligation to Famine Relief

Retreat from Accountability I: Neo-Liberalism and Adjustment

Retreat from Accountability II: The Humanitarian International

Sudan 1972-93: Privatizing Famine

Northern Ethiopia: Revolution, War-Famine and Two Models of Relief

The End of the Cold War: A New Humanitarian Dispensation

Somalia 1991-92: Famine and Relief After the Demise of the State

Humanitarian Impunity: Somalia 1993 and Rwanda 1994

Eastern Zaire 1996: The Fundraisers' Catastrophe

Political Contracts and Humanitarian Dilemmas

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253211583
Author:
de Waal, Alex
Author:
De Waal, Alexander
Author:
de Waal, Alex
Author:
Waal, Alex de
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Social Policy
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Food relief
Subject:
Africa Politics and government.
Subject:
Starvation.
Subject:
Humanitarian assistance.
Subject:
Starvation -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Africa.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Africa Social policy.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Anthropology; History; International Relations; Politics
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Issues (Paperback)
Series Volume:
104-788
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.52 x 5.3 x 0.88 in

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Product details 256 pages Indiana University Press - English 9780253211583 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." --Foreign Affairs

"This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." --International Affairs

"... de Waal pleads for readers... to probe for a deeper understanding of the 'political roots of famine'... " --WorldView

"... a well-documented critique that should give pause for serious reflection and serve to instruct both the initiate and the master of famine theory... " --Sociocultural Anthropology

Famine Crimes is a factually rich, powerfully intelligent, morally important analysis of the persistence of famine in Africa. Alex de Waal lays the blame for Africa's problems with starvation on the political failings of African governments, western donors, and the misguided policies of international relief agencies.

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